Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Date Read: August 17, 2016
#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sandra Brown jolts the reader from the first page of this heart-pounding story of corruption, treachery, and ceaseless deception . . . where nothing is what it seems and every truth brought to light exposes a darker lie.
When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a dangerous vibe that makes men wary and inspires women to sit up and take notice. None feel that undercurrent more strongly than savvy businesswoman Jordie, who doesn't belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou. But here she is . . . and Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her.
As Shaw and his partner take aim, Jordie is certain her time has come. But Shaw has other plans and abducts Jordie, hoping to get his hands on the $30 million her brother has stolen and, presumably, hidden. However, Shaw is not the only one looking for the fortune. Her brother's ruthless boss and the FBI are after it as well. Now on the run from the feds and a notorious criminal, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits-and each other-to stay alive.
Miles away from civilization and surrounded by swampland, the two play each other against their common enemies. Jordie's only chance of survival is to outwit Shaw, but it soon becomes clear to Shaw that Jordie isn't entirely trustworthy, either. Was she in on her brother's scam, or is she an innocent pawn in a deadly vendetta? And just how valuable is her life to Shaw, her remorseless and manipulative captor? Burning for answers-and for each other-this unlikely pair ultimately make a desperate move that could be their last.
With nonstop plot twists and the tantalizing sexual tension that has made Sandra Brown one of the world's best-loved authors, STING will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final pages.
I liked this one. It wasn't my favorite Sandra Brown book but it was definitely entertaining. I should say upfront that I am a huge Sandra Brown fan. I was reading and loving her books long before I was blogging or writing any kind of reviews. I haven't read all of her book but I have enjoyed a fair number of them and I have found then to be consistently good. This one did not disappoint.
The story starts with a bang. Shaw is with his partner have been hired to take care of Jordie. By take care of, I mean that they have been hired to kill her. Things don't go exactly as expected and Jordie finds herself being held by Shaw Kinnard. I never had any idea who could be trusted and the past was anything but clear. The more I learned the more exciting the book became. This story started out strong and really never stopped. There were tons of twists and turns that lead to a few surprises.
I liked the characters. I really enjoyed that they were a bit out of the ordinary. Jordie was strong and refused to back down or give up regardless of the circumstances. As much as I liked her, I was never quite sure whether she was as innocent as she claimed. Shaw was ruthless in some ways but he could also be somewhat kind at times. I had a hard time figuring him out which added to the mystery of the story. I thought that the chemistry between Shaw and Jordie was handled perfectly.
The underlying mystery in the book was very well done. There was really so much to figure out in this book and I was never quite sure where things were going. I did have a few guesses along the way that turned out to be correct but I had an equal amount of twists that were completely unexpected. The secondary characters were fully developed and added a lot to the overall story.
I would highly recommend this book to fans of romantic suspense. This is a fast paced, entertaining read that will have at least a couple of surprises for most readers. I definitely plan to continue to read Sandra Brown's work in the future.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
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